I WILL NEVER OWN ANOTHER APPLE PRODUCT AGAIN…EVER!! I have an iPad that had dozens of CDs of various artists we like. Today while on vacation, I wanted to play the music and it was GONE. DELETED by Apple because I DIDN’T BUY THE MUSIC FROM THEM!! Apparently in a recent OS update, the music was wiped out. THANKS FOR THE WARNING, APPLE!! YOU GUYS REALLY, REALLY SUCK!! Interestingly enough, there are a slew of threads with this very complaint. This is the same company that wouldn’t unlock a phone to catch a terrorist, but will just wipe out someone’s music with no warning whatsoever. EPIC FAIL!!!

No Apple


Post Script: Today, I found another rant about Apple’s neanderthal behavior. And just because they bury their intention to wipe out all our non-Apple music (and other media, for that matter) in their “terms of service,” that DOESN’T MAKE IT RIGHT!!

Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.



A true comedic genius is gone

A few days ago, we lost Sid Caesar; arguably one of the most brilliant funnymen of his era. I am a baby-boomer and today we lost one of our generation’s sharpest, wittiest, most indelible comic talents: Harold Ramis. Just think of all the movies this guy touched–either as actor, writer, director, or producer, and on a number of occasions, Ramis held multiple roles. Now think about the one-liners and catch phrases we ALL remember from these movies, and there’s no wonder we will miss Harold Ramis!! Thanks, Harold…you made us laugh–a lot!

Musings of the last few days

I’ve been away for a while…actually, a long while. And in that time, I lost one job and started a new one; this time, my own! In late December, I actually started a video production company: First Impressions Video, and have been devoting quite a bit of time to it. I am also doing online marketing consulting, having spent the last dozen or so years in and around that space. The consequence is that I won’t be  posting here as often, and you may see a subtle shift towards more online marketing-related subject matter. That said, here are a few  recent observations, for your consideration:


So I go out to get the mail today and what is lying in the driveway? My new YELLOW PAGES! Just what we need…another 300 page paper doorstop. Hey YP publishers, it’s time to stop killing trees! I did an online marketing presentation about a year ago and I asked the audience if, by a show of hands, they: a) had a current YP, b) knew where it was, and c) actually used it in the last year. The only hands that went up were from people over 40, and most of them were quite a ways “north” of 40!!

Headline today from The Daily Online Examiner:  “Microsoft Takes Aim At Google, Says Gmail Invades Privacy.” Please tell me no one is surprised by THAT revelation?!?!

LinkedIn, you need to get your act together! Yesterday, I got two ‘connection’ invites: one from a long-time friend with whom I’m already connected; the other from a total stranger. Both of these invites were sent to an email address that is NOT associated with my LinkedIn profile. It’s hard to determine to what extent these two accounts have been hacked or compromised—especially since they’re blasting invites to email accounts that LinkedIn doesn’t (or sure as hell shouldn’t!) even know. Take heed in how you are handling our profile information, or your relevance will suffer as a result!

HEY FACEBOOK…STOP SERVING “SUGGESTED PAGE(S)” ON MY NEWS FEED!!! It’s not bad enough that you’ve got these stupid things–90% of which are neither relevant nor applicable–running down the right rail, now you’re inserting them into our feeds! Yes, I know…it’s your sandbox and we’re just playing in it, but at least do a better job of this. Too much stockholder pressure?? Just sayin’!

IMHO–two words that should be stricken from the Washington DC lexicon: “comprehensive” and “package.” And they should never, EVER be used together in a sentence! If you hear them used together by any politician or government bureaucrat, lookout…your pocket’s about to get picked–again! Irrespective of party, by the way!


That’s it…I’m done. Y’all have a great rest-of-the-week!

Here’s to the twentysomethings at NBC

I suppose I must be living under a rock because today I saw that a few weeks ago, NBC cancelled “Harry’s Law.” NOW THIS IS A CROCK!! One of the best scripted shows on TV and it gets the chop?!?! What, so they can schedule a bunch of CRAPPY REALITY SHOWS? Just what we need…more Donald Trump tripe! Give…me…a…BREAK!!! Maybe, since David E. Kelley got a new show picked up on TNT, he can persuade them to grab “Harry’s Law,” too. Read the comments section here and you’ll get a good idea of what people think about this boneheaded move by NBC.

Clearly, this decision was made by network execs that didn’t really like the demographic of the show’s audience (which includes this writer), but here’s a news flash: This demo has MONEY to buy the products & services represented by the ADVERTISING that appears during the show. It was the second most watched program only to ‘Smash,‘ with over 8 million viewers. Excuse me, those numbers don’t suck! Oh, and did I say this demo has MONEY to buy the products/services ADVERTISED during the show??

Some things just never cease to amaze me…. Kathy Bates, you and your cast did a fine job and you all certainly deserve something better than this!

Just sayin’!